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That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

June 4th, 2011 · No Comments


finished 06.03.11

I’ve been a fan of Richard Russo’s for many years. I loved his books Empire Falls and Nobody’s Fool and I attended his interview at the library when he was in town promoting his newest book, That Old Cape Magic. Well, I finally got that book and read it. I liked it. Not as much as the other two I mentioned, but it was good. Probably helps that I’ve visited The Cape a few times and am friends with people who grew up vacationing there.

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Richard Russo on Writers on the Record With Victoria Lautman

September 24th, 2009 · No Comments

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Richard Russo and Victoria Lautman, Harold Washington Library, The Loop, Chicago

Last night Richard Russo was the Season Six opener for a series of author interviews called Writers on the Record. The interviews are conducted by Victoria Lautman front of a live audience and then later broadcast on the radio at 98.7 WFMT.

I went to a few of these interviews years ago when they were held at the Looking Glass Theater. I saw Frank McCourt and Elizabeth Kostova there. And then? I don’t know. I guess I kind of forgot it existed for a few years, until I just happened to remember or come across it again recently.

I’m glad I went last night. Writers on the Record is now held at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library. Which, by the way, was the first library in Chicago that I’ve been to. And they wouldn’t let me get a library card. That’s a different story, though. Anyway, Victoria is a fabulous interviewer and I’ve read 3 of Richard Russo’s books so I found it really interesting to hear some of the background and his writing process.

This has been quite the literary week for me. On Tuesday I finished the book Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wednesday night I went to a reading at The Whistler. There were a bunch of writers from a site called The Nervous Breakdown who each read different pieces. Pretty entertaining, plus, who doesn’t love the drinks at The Whistler? Especially after a hard day?

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Books of 2004

December 31st, 2004 · 3 Comments

This year I set my hands on 50 books and finished 31 of them. Here’s a complete list.

  • Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart
  • Great Expectations: Novelization by Deborah Chiel finished 12.16.04
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck finished 12.05.04
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie finished 11.30.04
  • Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry finished 11.27.04
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald finished 11.27.04
  • Minipops : Famous People Drawn Really Small by Craig Robinson
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith finished 11.05.04
  • Never a City So Real : A Walk in Chicago by Alex Kotlowitz finished 10.15.04
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction by the writers of The Daily Show & Jon Stewart
  • The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathon Lethem finished 10.02.04
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez finished 08.29.04
  • An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving and Other Stories by Louisa May Alcott finished 08.24.04
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson finished 08.08.04
  • The Risk Pool by Richard Russo finished 07.29.04
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss finished 07.21.04
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin finished 07.18.04
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton finished 07.11.04
  • A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal by Anthony Bourdain finished 07.06.04
  • Middlesex : A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides finished 06.18.04
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby finished 05.27.04
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson finished 05.19.04
  • New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary: With a Concise Grammar and Given Names in Hawaiian by Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert
  • Discover Kaua’i: The Garden Isle by Stu Dawrs
  • A Pocket Guide to Hawaii’s Birds by H. Douglas Pratt finished 05.05.04
  • A Pocket Guide to Hawaii’s Underwater Paradise by John P. Hoover finished 05.05.04
  • Hawaii Blossoms by Dorothy Hargreaves & Hargreaves finished 05.03.04
  • Atonement : A Novel by Ian McEwan finished 04.24.04
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken finished 04.20.04
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan finished 04.08.04
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris finished 03.15.04
  • Honky by Dalton Conley finished 02.03.04
  • 97 Orchard Street, New York : Stories of Immigrant Life by Linda Granfield (Author) and Arlene Alda (Photographer) finished 01.26.04
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown finished 01.24.04
  • Greenwich Village: A Guide to America’s Legendary Left Bank by Judith Stonehil finished 01.19.04
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom finished 01.11.04

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